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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
DEFINITELY Unleash it
Added: 4/1/2010

The View From the Cherry Tree
Willo Davis Roberts
Mildly Unleashable
Added: 4/1/2010

The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster
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Added: 3/30/2010

Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story
Wally Lamb
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Added: 2/12/2010

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
J.K. Rowling
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Added: 2/12/2010

The Queen's Fool: A Novel (Boleyn)
Philippa Gregory
Mildly Unleashable
Added: 2/12/2010

The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel
Kathleen Kent
Do not Unleash
Added: 2/12/2010

Dracula (Enriched Classics Series)
Bram Stoker
Unleash it
Added: 11/5/2009

Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
Vladimir Nabokov
Very Unleashable
Added: 9/20/2009

The Bridge of San Luis Rey: A Novel
Thornton Wilder
Very Unleashable
Added: 9/20/2009

The Swan House (The Swan House Series #1)
Elizabeth Musser
Very Unleashable
Added: 9/20/2009

Restless: A Novel
William Boyd
Did not read yet
Added: 9/20/2009

Home Buying For Dummies, 4th Edition
Eric Tyson;Ray Brown
DEFINITELY Unleash it
Added: 8/12/2009

The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History
Katherine Ashenburg
Unleash it
Added: 8/12/2009

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
Mark Dunn
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Added: 8/12/2009

The Girl with No Shadow (published in the UK as The Lollipop Shoes)
Joanne Harris
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Added: 6/18/2009

Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
Steve Almond
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Added: 6/18/2009

Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)
Stephenie Meyer
Do not Unleash
Added: 6/18/2009

Behaving Badly
Isabel Wolff
Unleash it
Added: 6/18/2009

Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Jane Austen
Mildly Unleashable
Added: 6/18/2009

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Harper Fiction)
Gregory Maguire
Very Unleashable
Added: 6/17/2009
 
 
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Behaving Badly
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 | Go To Book Page

Quick, easy summer read. Somewhat enjoyable. Author needs to clue the reader in on certain things sooner because it gets annoying being in the dark for chapters on end. And then whatever it is can't possibly live up to the expectations that are raised. But other than that, fairly decent read.
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Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 | Go To Book Page

Very funny and informative read. Definitely recommend, especially to people who can appreciated chocolate/candy and a bit of documentary as it pertains to that. Personal essay/documentary feel.
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Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
Date Posted: 8/12/2009 | Go To Book Page

Loved reading this book. Intelligent and fascinating way to write about writing and concepts such as totalitarianism.
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Home Buying For Dummies, 4th Edition
Date Posted: 10/13/2009 | Go To Book Page

If you're in the market to buy a home...read this book!
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Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 | Go To Book Page

Tough subject material, but Nabokov has wonderful writing and has written a fascinating study on the unreliable narrator writing style.
Very Unleashable

Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 | Go To Book Page

Not as developed as her other books (given that it was one of her earlier works). Little bit of mystery is nice. Fairly quick read; characters aren't too confusing. Would be interesting to see how she would have edited it later in life.
Mildly Unleashable

The Bridge of San Luis Rey: A Novel
Date Posted: 10/13/2009 | Go To Book Page

Appreciated the different writing style. More aloof, but still interconnected.
Very Unleashable

The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History
Date Posted: 8/12/2009 | Go To Book Page

I can imagine not bathing while camping...but taking only one bath your entire life? This book delves into the history of cleanliness through the ages and is definitely worth picking up. I find myself asking, "Who would have known?"
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The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel
Date Posted: 3/30/2010 | Go To Book Page

This book could have been a worthwhile read if it was better written and more poignant. It moved painfully slowly. Beyond that, the writing style was strange. It mixed too many mediums. It started with a letter, and yet it was a letter to a non-existent person as far as the novel is concerned. The placement of the trial documents were quite randomly placed and I actually thought that after the placement, we were going to jump back to the timeframe of the letter from the beginning.

I wanted to feel for the characters, but I just couldn't. I felt like I was just sitting around waiting for things to happen. I also felt as though I was being told things and not shown, especially with all the author's similes and metaphors every other paragraph. Similes and metaphors are like salt; sprinkle a little and it adds flavor, add too much and it ruins the taste. And yet the things that needed to be told were just hinted and skirted around so much that the eventual "realization" could never live up to the expectations, e.g. her father's mysterious past that was hinted about heavily (red book, anyone?) and yet never fully disclosed. You cannot put so much weight into something that you never shed light on more than a passing page that ambiguously talks about it at the end. Doesn't jive with me as the reader.

Overall, I am very disappointed in a book that I was looking forward to reading. Slow going and built-up too much. Such a time period can, if well written, really pull the reader in and pull out emotions. This novel, unfortunately, lacks that ability.
Do not Unleash

The Phantom Tollbooth
Date Posted: 5/25/2010 | Go To Book Page

How did I not read this when I was a child? This is definitely a keeper. I plan to re-read this many times.
DEFINITELY Unleash it

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Harper Fiction)
Date Posted: 8/12/2009 | Go To Book Page

Very political/religious but an interesting take. One of those books that should be read more than once and will take multiple readings and discussions to really understand.
Very Unleashable
 
 
 
 

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